37-Items

37-Items

As most health care providers would do, I quickly review the intake forms before welcoming my new patients from reception. One patient, Jon who provided an excellent example of human resilience and the ability to heal, had brought along his own appendices to include with his health history form. It was a list, 37-items long of various physical traumas, ranging from shoulder separations, knee sprains, and a strange propensity to get pine needle injuries to the eyeball. I wondered how he might present—strong, in good stature, or broken, limping, crooked, stooped, or somewhere in between. What might his attitude be? I met Jon, who was full of energy, good spirits, mild asymmetries in alignment and strength, and a casual but firm determination that we could solve the problem that was not resolving on it’s own from his most recent incident falling off his mountain bike. The most recent incident, which he added, had not been added to the list—to which he added was not up to date. He had not a smidgen of catastrophization or victim mentality for anything which had happened, and his resilience and healing from all 37 items incomplete and counting. Most importantly, he had an OPENNESS to learning new things and changing his existing program, despite his resilience and incredible strength, and determination to always keep doing the things he loves!!

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